It seems that, all too often, police officers rush to take aggressive action to resolve a situation. They see everything as a conflict. They may even escalate tensions as they try to get people to comply.
When police officers react to a situation, it happens in a split second. They make quick decisions that can have a lasting impact. For instance, if the police react too aggressively, the situation could escalate to one of stark police brutality. When considering the engagement after the fact, even the officer may agree that it was not the right course of action.
Wondering how likely a police officer is to use excessive force? One way to find out is just to look at the other officers that he or she works with.
Whenever you hear about cases of police brutality, you probably find yourself asking how it could possibly have happened. How did the situation escalate to that point? How could an officer who may have had a completely clean record get to the breaking point and essentially assault a civilian?
There is a very clear physical impact from police brutality, and many victims wind up in the hospital. However, the overall epidemic of brutality can have a drastic mental and emotional impact on an entire community, even those who were not personality victimized themselves.
The police use excessive force when arresting you. You don't know why. You're trying to cooperate, but one officer assaults you anyway. You suffer serious injuries during the arrest.
SUPPOSEDLY BANNED, CHOKEHOLD STILL USED BY NYPD
In 1993, the New York Police Department publicly admonished its officers to refrain from using the popular "chokehold" to restrain suspects. However, in the aftermath of the death of Eric Garner, an unarmed black man in Staten Island, as the result of a chokehold, it's clear that the tactic is still being taught and used on a regular basis. New police inspector general Philip K. Eure conducted an investigation of Garner's death and of the use of chokehold tactics, and issued a report that indicated that police officers too often employed a chokehold when facing "mere verbal confrontation," as video cameras show in the Garner case.